Community Grazing In Heterotrophic Marine Protista — Session Summary
Various estimates suggest that the earth is populated by perhaps 107 species, with in the order of 1040 simple (i.e. first order) interactions between them (Wilson 1988, May 1988). Faced with such complexity, ecologists (numbering perhaps in the 104 range, worldwide) can have little hope of identifying and describing more than a small percentage of those interactions. Such research is fuelled by at least two forces including: 1. artistic fascination and the intrinsic excitement associated with discovery and 2. the desire and necessity, to understand how ecosystems function. The latter seeks to understand ecosystems to the point where we can predict, through mathematical models, how a system will behave in the future. Models, of necessity, are based on simplifications of reality, with emphasis on unifying themes rather than individual differences.
KeywordsBacterial Production Grazing Rate Digestion Time Heterotrophic Dinoflagellate Community Grazing
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